Tuesday, on the day the state of California achieved a milestone by launching it’s first ever cap-and-trade auction (see our statement of support), a new poll was released that showed that voters in three Western states have significant support for clean energy and innovative infrastructure. The poll was made public at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, and was conducted on behalf of the BlueGreen Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Ceres, and the U.S. Green Building Council by Lake Research Partners.
According to the poll, 56 percent of voters in Washington, Oregon and California favor a proposal to “reduce climate pollution and invest in clean energy by charging large companies for the pollution they create that contributes to climate change.” Only 20 percent oppose it, while 24 percent are undecided. Additionally, voters were overwhelmingly in favor of updating America’s innovative infrastructure, with 71 percent in favor of clean fuels, electric vehicles, bus rapid transit and commuter rail.
Voters said they support these efforts because they believe we have a responsibility for future generations and that investments in clean energy and infrastructure can provide good middle class jobs that won’t be outsourced to other countries.
Looking at the graph below, it’s clear there is tremendous support for clean energy and innovation infrastructure investments.
The clean economy and the infrastructure to power it are going to be at the forefront of economic growth long into our future. Seeing that people recognize that, as well as the economic opportunity growing clean energy and innovative infrastructure will provide, is heartening.
Now, we need to make sure our elected leaders hear our voices in support of policies that will spur growth, like the Production Tax Credit for wind energy and other vital tax incentives for clean energy. Please take a moment and urge your members of Congress to extend the Production Tax Credit to save American jobs now, create American jobs for the future, and ensure we leave a better environment and economy for future generations of Americans.